Bloodhound has now joined the land speed racers which have gone faster than 600mph (965km/h). Running across the dry lakebed track, the British car’s GPS sensors have clocked 628mph (1,010km/h) on Sunday. However, only seven vehicles in history have previously driven beyond 600mph. Its achievement is promising because it’s been running with a jet engine. The car’s design allows for a rocket motor as well.
This was set way back, 22 years ago by another British car, Thrust SSC. The driver at that time was the same as in Bloodhound today – RAF pilot Andy Green.
“The stability and confidence [Bloodhound] gives me as a driver is testament to the years of world class engineering that has been invested in her by team members past and present,” he said.
“With all the data generated by reaching 628mph, we’re in a great position to focus on setting a new world land speed record in the next year or so,” he added.
Meanwhile, Bloodhound has been conducting its high-speed trials in South Africa’s Northern Cape – on Hakskeen Pan which is a wide and extremely flat section of desert. As per the previous fast runs, Saturday’s mark was set early in the morning because at that time of the day the air temperatures are at their coolest which helped enabling Bloodhound’s Eurofighter jet to build its thrust very quickly.
“Our speed objective for these tests was to reach 1,000km/h. Hitting 1,010km/h is a real milestone and shows just what the team and the car can achieve,” said Ian Warhurst.
“With the high-speed testing phase concluded, we will now move our focus to identifying new sponsors and the investment needed to bring Bloodhound back out to Hakskeen Pan in the next 12 to 18 months’ time,” he added.
“Not only am I immensely proud of the team, I’m also delighted that we’ve been able to demonstrate that the car is eminently capable of setting a new world land speed record,” he shared.
“As you get faster, the main force you’re fighting against is the drag,” Nammo’s chief engineer Adrien Boiron said to BBC News. “The drag is proportional to the square of the speed, which means that it gets more and more of a problem. And the way for Bloodhound to get a lot faster than the previous car, which had two jet engines, is to have a rocket in it,” he concluded.